Mark Brody - 08 Apr 2013
Absolutely amazing. I've been practicing/sparring with this sword for a little over a week now, and it's like night and day compared to my previous budget rapier from another company. The craftsmanship is incredible, and the attention to detail is evident. Using this rapier for SCA fencing, I chose the 39" DA1PR practice blade. After adding a safety tip, the balance point is just about 1" in front of the guard - absolutely perfect for my preferences. I fight with a palm-up style, and this sword almost seems to float on my index finger. I quickly noticed that my point control with this sword is better than with my previous blade, thanks to the stiffer (non-whippy) blade. It's also easier on my arm after hours of practice (although it's not lighter than my previous sword, the exceptional balance makes it much easier to hold properly). This is my first purchase from Darkwood, and certainly will not be my last. They were very responsive to my questions and requests before purchasing, and seemed to make the extra effort to make sure my order was exactly as I wanted. I couldn't be happier with this purchase.